The Celebration Barn

The Celebration Barn is a center for variety arts performance, mime, clowning, and commedia. Founded by world-famous mime Tony Montanaro in 1972, The Barn has been the artistic home to many of the top clowns, jugglers, mimes, and variety artists in North America. Nestled in the sleepy town of South Paris, Maine, the Barn offers a full season of intense, creative, and focused performance-study programs with world-class teachers, all in the stunning foothills of the western Maine mountains.

Alumni of the Barn have gone on to careers in television, film and theater. Puppeteers with Sesame Street and The Muppet Show, writers for Between the Lions, the host of Hollywood Squares, and performers in Cirque du Soleil and other circuses.

Each summer the workshops range from three day intensives to two week advanced sessions. All workshops have a limited enrollment to ensure individual attention from instructors.

The facilities at the Barn include two large rehearsal studios, a 125-seat theater, housing, and a large kitchen.

The new executive director of the Barn is Amanda Huotari, a former student of the Barn who has been a fixture there for the last 15 years, and a fabulous clown in her own right.

To find out more about the Barn, visit their website:

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